The Americans will be looking to break a two game losing streak. After defeating Syracuse to open the season, the Amerks have dropped their last two games against Toronto and Binghamton.
Tonight, they will face a Grand Rapids team that has gone 0-1-0-1, a pair of loss, one of which was in a shootout. This is the first of just two meetings between the teams this season. The other will be on December 19th. Prior to this year, the teams have faced each other at least six times a year going back to 2005.
Rochester will go up against a former Sabre, and American, Nathan Paetsch.
The Americans went 3-2-1 against the Griffins last season, winning two of those games at home.
Here are some game notes from Amerks.com:
Rochester (1-2-0-0, 2 points) enters the contest in the midst of a two-game skid after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Binghamton Senators Tuesday night at The Blue Cross Arena.
Despite staging another late-game rally with a third period goal from team captain Kevin Porter, the Amerks’ bid for a comeback was halted when Binghamton’s David Dziurzynski potted his second goal of the game, a short-handed empty-netter, with 15 seconds left in regulation to seal the win for the B-Sens.
18-year-old rookie forward Zemgus Girgensons earned the first point of his professional career with an assist on Rochester’s lone goal while the game also featured the professional debut of forward Kevin Sundher, who logged 7:23 of ice time over eight shifts. Reigning team MVP David Leggio made his third straight start between the pipes, stopping 33 of 35 shots he faced en route to third star honors.